Oct 2020

The release of EWHA’s inaugural newsletter: Verdant.

You can read it here..

Sept 2020

The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards 2020

The Gisborne garden of Kathleen Murphy, EWHA member and Landscape Designer has been shortlisted in the Landscape Design category. She is one of only 2 women whose designs have been shortlisted. We congratulate Kathleen and wish her luck when the awards are announced in November.   Here is Kathleen’s story behind the design.

In 2017 I embarked on creating my own garden essentially a family back garden, it differed from a standard family garden in that it was also to be a garden for the Landscape Design Studio I run.

My vision was to frame the amazing view we have of the Macedon Ranges and to nestle the newly built studio into the landscape. I designed the garden as much from what it looked like inside the house, looking out onto the garden. The steppers across the billabong have been positioned so that they can be seen from the kitchen sink!

This garden is essentially a family garden, catering to kids with bikes, footballs and random running all over plants! Everything is tough, and drought and frost hardy. If it doesn’t survive, it doesn’t get replanted! I use this garden as a place to experiment with plants before I use them in other projects, hence it never looks the same and is always changing. Clients get to see first- hand what some of the plants I am suggesting look like, and how they behave.

The key plants are native grasses, such as Lomandra species, as they look good all year round and are low maintenance. I have used clumps of succulents and shrubs, like clipped Westringia and prostrate Rosemary, for texture.

Adding colour is often done in my garden through the use of perennial plantings, which require more maintenance and need to be cut back in winter, however, I just love the Verbena bonariensis, Salvia nemorosa and Pervoskia their purple hues which work well with soft muted greens and greys.

The most challenging part of the project was building the billabong. The sourcing of clay and rocks was difficult. The placement of materials required large machinery to come through the garden without damaging areas already well established.  We overcame this by co-ordinating deliveries and aspects of the build to reduce the impact, even moving river pebbles by hand so that areas of the garden weren’t destroyed by large machines. When EWHA visited two years ago, some of you would have seen the large hole dug for the soon to be billabong, here are some updated images of what it looks like now.

May 2019

Tomato: Know-Sow-Grow-Feast wins Gold in the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards

We are delighted to share the news that two of our members Karen Sutherland and Penny Woodward along with Janice Sutton, have won Gold in the Home & Garden Category of the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards.  Congratulations on this achievement on behalf of all the EWHA members. For more information on this award which is in its 23rd year follow this link.

Karen Sutherland & Penny Woodward amongst tomato seedlings in the Greenhouse at the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens

January 2019

Noelle Weatherley awarded the Order of Australia Medal, 2019

We have great pleasure in announcing that Noelle Weatherley, one of our life members has been honoured with an Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2019 Honours list. We congratulate her for such justly deserved recognition.


Along with Dawn Fleming, Noelle was one of the founding members of EWHA over 11 years ago. She was the Secretary of EWHA from 2007 to 2015 when she retired from the Committee. In 2016 Noelle was made a Life Member of EWHA.  This was in recognition of her tireless work for women in Horticulture through her contribution to our organisation.

During that time Noelle provided invaluable support to Dawn and various members of the Committee over the years.  Through her experience as a Horticulturist and Garden Writer, Noelle brought extensive knowledge of the industry, the players in it and how to manage an organisation such as EWHA. She ensured that EWHA grew, remained valid and provided purpose for its existence: an organisation that encourages, represents and recognises women in Horticulture.

Over this time Noelle saw many faces come and go on the Committee but she remained a steadfast and solid pillar for the group.  A mentor to many on the Committee (past and present), she was always available to answer questions, to provide sage advice, to give a different perspective and to share her insights, unconditionally.  To this day, Noelle still contributes to Encouraging Women in Horticulture in this way, despite no longer being involved with the Committee, in particular through mentoring some of our members.  Without Noelle’s involvement, Encouraging Women in Horticulture would not be where it is today.

On behalf of the membership of EWHA (past and present) we sincerely thank Noelle Weatherley for her support of women in the industry and wholeheartedly congratulate her on receiving her Order of Australia Medal (2019) for her service to Horticulture.